Call for Contributors: Governance Research in Africa

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Global Integrity is embarking on a five-year collaboration with the Mo Ibrahim Foundation to generate original data on a range of governance issues across all 54 African countries. This data will strengthen future iterations of the Ibrahim Index of African Governance, an index based on four main categories: Safety and Rule of Law; Participation and Human Rights; Sustainable Economic Opportunity; and Human Development. The Index has and will continue to shape the debate on the continent around governance reform priorities.

As part of this effort, Global Integrity is recruiting teams of researchers in all 54 African countries to carry out original research and data gathering. There are different roles for interested contributors. Locally-based lead researchers will combine desk research with interviews of key informants to answer roughly 100 questions (or “indicators”) around governance issues in their country using an expert assessment methodology. Reviewers (including national, regional, and functional reviewers) are similarly qualified experts who will review the draft indicators and provide critical commentary and suggested corrections to strengthen the final results for each country. All contributing experts will use an easy-to-use web-based platform (the Indaba fieldwork platform) for submitting and reviewing content.

To learn more about the requirements for working with Global Integrity on this project, please review the Fact Sheet below.  We are still seeking interested candidates, including those colleagues who have worked with Global Integrity before, from the following countries: Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and The Gambia. If you are interested in applying, please do so online no later than 20th January 2012 by visiting All contributing team members will be compensated for their participation in the fieldwork.

Additional information about Global Integrity is available at


Who We Are Looking For: We are seeking qualified and motivated experts to perform field work in the following African countries: Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Guinea Bissau, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Niger, Sao Tome e Principe, Seychelles, Somalia, Sudan, South Sudan, Tanzania and The Gambia. We are inviting interested journalists, researchers, social scientists, attorneys, and academic experts from any country with expertise in governance to apply online at no later than January, 20, 2012.
Country Team Roles: The following roles are available:

Lead researcher: A proven researcher with experience conducting original fieldwork projects of similar or larger scale to the scoring of this project’s indicators. We are looking to hire experts with a background in the broader democracy, rule of law, governance, and human rights fields. Lead researchers must be working in the country of study and be independent of government (having not served in a government position for at least three years) with at least 5 years relevant professional experience. A strong command of English is preferred, although francophone researchers are also encouraged to apply.

Reviewers: A country, regional, or functional expert in one of the core dimensions of the Ibrahim Index (education, security, etc) located either within the country or abroad. Successful reviewers can come from a variety of backgrounds (journalism, academia, NGOs, private sector) but must have a working understanding of broad governance issues in the country of study. Reviewers must have at least 3-5 years of related professional experience and working English or French.

Timing and necessary availability: Lead researchers will begin their fieldwork in February 2012 and must be able to submit their draft data by May 2012.  Reviewers will perform their work during August – September 2012.

Country coverage: All 54 African countries (though at this time, only candidates from the above mentioned countries should apply.)

Compensation: We compensate all of our contributors for their efforts. Global Integrity generally contracts with individuals, not institutions, and final payment schedules and deadlines are agreed upon in a contract before work commences.  We anticipate being able to pay lead researchers approximately US$1,750 for scoring the indicators and reviewers approximately US$300 for each country assessment they review (some, in particular regional reviewers, will review more than one country assessment and are compensated additionally).

Who We Are: Global Integrity is an international, non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to tracking governance and corruption trends around the world. We work with local in-country experts to combine journalistic reporting with in-depth data gathering to produce actionable analysis to arm decision makers – including donors, government officials, investors, journalists, and grassroots advocates – with evidence-based strategies for promoting good governance reforms.  

For additional information about us, including our fieldwork methods, funders and other projects please visit

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One comment on “Call for Contributors: Governance Research in Africa”

  • Sunday OKELLO ANGOMA says:

    Dear. I am a senior researcher at the African Union and Institute for Peace and security Studies at Addis Ababa University. The work takes all the 54 African countries as a case study on recommending African-led solutions for peace and security as a vital component of making African voices become globally heard. Its really very exciting work to engage with issues of African global integrity questions in terms of governenace, democracy, peace and security.


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